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Catalonia set for new elections after failing to form new government

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2485

Catalonia’s parliament looked set to call new elections after failing to form a government last Sunday.

This deepens the political paralysis across the Spanish state, where there is no sign of a new government almost three weeks after a general election.

The Catalan election last September saw parties calling for independence from Spain win an overall majority in parliament for the first time.

But the alliance led by centre-right outgoing president Artur Mas only won 62 seats—not enough to form a government.

This gave the other pro-independence group,

anti-capitalist left party CUP which won an unprecedented ten MPs, a deciding role.

CUP came under immense pressure to endorse a Mas government or be seen as wrecking Catalonia’s chance for independence.

It held an emergency national meeting to vote on its position on Sunday 27 December.

The result was a dead heat with 1,515 voting for backing Mas and 1,515 voting against.

But CUP’s leading committee came out against backing Mas last Saturday.

If MPs do not agree on a new president by Saturday there will be new elections. This makes a new general election across the Spanish state more likely.

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Tue 5 Jan 2016, 16:54 GMT
Issue No. 2485
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